Embrace Your Dark Side with These Hauntingly Beautiful Houseplants
Updated: Oct 17
Celebrate the spooky season by picking up a frightfully fun indoor plant to BOO-st your creepy decor! These scary cute plants will look right at home with spiders, vampires and jack-o-lanterns alike. Here's our roundup of seven of the most perfect-for-Halloween houseplants that look terrific all year—not just for Halloween.
1. Raven ZZ
The Raven ZZ plant, with its dark, almost black foliage is the ideal botanical companion for the Halloween season. Its deep, rich hues evoke a sense of mystery and enchantment, casting an eerie yet captivating spell over any space it inhabits. Resilient and low-maintenance, the Raven ZZ plant thrives in low light conditions, making it a perfect addition to dimly lit indoor settings, adding an extra touch of darkness and allure to your Halloween decor. With its striking, almost supernatural aesthetic and its ability to thrive in the shadows, the Raven ZZ plant embodies the very essence of the mystical and enigmatic ambiance that permeates the air during the season of ghosts and ghouls.
2. Air Plants
Tillandsias (air plants) seem supernatural because they have no apparent roots and grow without soil, and many varieties look particularly creature-like, with fuzzy or twisting leaves that look like tentacles, making them a perfect Halloween plant. Airplants do best in lots of sunlight, and for watering, simply submerge in water for 30-60 minutes once a week.
3. Black Bat Flower
Black Bat Flower (Tacca Chantrieri) might be the best-named Halloween plant on the market. The blooms, which look like bats with long, sinister cat whiskers, are sure to contribute a macabre accent to your Halloween decor. Reminiscent of nocturnal creatures and the mysterious realm of the night, the Bat flower adds a touch of gothic elegance to any space. Place your bat flower in bright but indirect light in a space with moderate humidity (it will appreciate a daily misting) and keep the soil evenly moist.
4. Geo Plant
Geo Plant (Geogenanthus Cilatus) is the epitome of a bewitching botanical wonder perfectly suited for the Halloween season. With its unique, glistening, almost-black foliage and its penchant for low light conditions, Geo effortlessly embodies the eerie and enchanting aura that comes with Halloween. Its subtle yet mesmerizing presence serves as a captivating focal point, infusing a touch of the mysterious and enigmatic allure into your seasonal decorations. Relatively new to the indoor plant scene and quite rare, the Geo plant is a super unique and intriguing specimen that you will absolutely want to grow. These plants prefer bright indirect light. Be sure to allow soil to dry completely before watering thoroughly.
Seersucker (Geogenanthus Poeppigii) is a wickedly delightful plant that is an ideal choice for adding an enigmatic touch to your Halloween decor. With its rippled foliage featuring eerie silver stripes that just begs you to touch and appreciate its unique texture, the Seersucker plant evokes a sense of mystery and intrigue perfectly in line with the spirit of Halloween. This plant is native to the understories of the Amazon, and thus grows well in low light and high humidity. With its compact size and low spreading habit, this plant looks great when grown in a hanging basket.
6. Carnivorous plants
Carnivorous plants, with their intricate and sinister-looking traps, evoke a sense of mystery and menace that's synonymous with Halloween. From the deceptively inviting pitchers of the Nepenthes to the sticky leaves of the Mexican Butterwort or snapping jaws of the Venus Flytrap, these predatory plants boast an otherworldly appearance that captivates the imagination and invites contemplation of nature's more macabre designs. They're an intriguing conversation piece that adds an extra layer of fascination to any Halloween gathering!
7. Brain Cactus
The Brain Cactus, also known as Mammillaria Elongata Cristata, has an uncanny resemblance to a brain, with convoluted, fleshy green folds and eerie, protruding spines. Its striking and unsettling appearance serves as a chilling reminder of the unexplored depths of the natural world, perfectly capturing the essence of the Halloween season. This captivating succulent thrives in bright, indirect light, making it an ideal addition to your spooky decor, whether as a centrepiece or a part of a creepy botanical ensemble.
After the rest of your Halloween decor has been packed up, you can continue to enjoy these Halloween plants around your home. They'll blend in with your other indoor plants while continuing to add a little moodiness to your space. However you show off these exciting plants, they're sure to create unusual and eye-catching displays that are simply... to die for.